Without a doubt, the best of the best! Past Review

By (Providence College) - abroad from 01/11/2016 to 04/30/2016 with

CEA: Rome, Italy

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to live completely on my own, and I also learned a lot about European society. Yes it was.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Amazing academic experience with helpful professors.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The best of the best.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Beautiful, three bedroom, two bathroom apartment.

* Food:

The best food in the world!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Very much integrated with the culture thanks to CEA Rome.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Never had any problems.

* Safety:

Always felt safe, especially with the 24 hour emergency phone number.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I loved the staff, the educational experience, the site visits, and the trips.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Money was not a problem.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Just prepare ahead of time!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 5
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Speak Italian all the time!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Staff
  • Trips
  • Site visits
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How great this program and it's people are! I would have been a lot less nervous.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.